In 1983 a 5-year-old survey of citations by state highway agencies of their use of public involvement techniques was updated. One additional technique was added to the original 30. The 31 techniques were analyzed by (a) the stage at which they were used in the highway project development and planning process, (b) the types of communication they engendered between the agency and the public, and (c) the size of public group for which they were used. The percent change in numbers of states citing use of a technique between 1977 and 1983 is also presented. States are continuing to move away from reliance on the public hearing as the principal vehicle of involvement to increasing use of techniques such as informational meetings, informal meetings associated with hearings, workshops, and public forums. These techniques provide a procedural setting for two-way communications between the agency and the public. This suggests that public involvement is reaching a maturity that is characterized more by effective use of known techniques than by discovery of new techniques.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 49-53
  • Monograph Title: Social and technological issues in transportation planning
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450909
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309038006
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM